Titles to Review:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy/Paranormal
The first book was slow to read, mainly because I’ve seen the movie and series. It was still an amazing read though. I also now understand why the book fans did not appreciate the movie… The second and third book was so much harder to put down once I started reading, as I had no idea what the plot held in store next.
The story is told from the point of view of Clary Fray. She doesn’t know but soon finds out that she is a shadowhunter, who protects the world from demons. Her love interest is Jace Weyland, but there is also a triangle that forms with her best friend Simon. The relationship that we slowly see develop between Alec and Magnus is so sweet and secret at first, it is worth the hype.
The world-building in this series was highly developed. I got totally lost in the wordplay and overlaying pictures created through Cassandra’s writing. The world literally came alive in her writing.
Surprisingly, there were a few small things that we never saw in the movie or series, of City of Bones. The ending was a real eye opener.
The second and third books’ endings… What? How? Damn, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I didn’t think I could read fast enough to finally find out how it ends, and when it did, I just wanted to start the next book, and never stop reading until I know everything.
The characters are developed thoroughly and do not develop once but over the span of the books. This gives the characters more substance and makes them feel more real. The main plot and subplots move forward at the perfect pace to not get lost or overwhelmed. You really don’t want to miss anything.
What baffles me is how Cassandra wrote the books in such a way that one minute you think you are certain you know what is true, and the next minute she completely yanks the rug from under your feet and then you have absolutely no idea who to believe anymore… How does she do it?
Stay tuned for the next book to be reviewed…